Being a camp counselor gave me confidence and taught me to be grounded, kind, firm, graceful, and faithful. I got to grow into these characteristics at camp. It was a serious business, but because it was camp, no one was allowed to take him or herself too seriously.
It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet.
I have endured a lifetime of believing that my faith was at odds with my transgender identity. I have come to know that my faith was at odds with my inability to trust God enough to embrace my authentic self.
I can understand that Rubio doesn't like to be labeled a homophobe or a hater; but when I hear his and others' repeated opposition to my marriage to my husband and the family we have created with our son, it feels like a direct attack on who I am and the ones whom I love most.
This is a magical time in Minnesota. Another long winter has faded, and we have shed our thick coats and mittens. The bugs have not yet appeared but it is warm outside, so we throw open every window we can find and let the warmth and fresh air into closed-off spaces.
If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.
With all that is happening in the world today, it can seem like there is no hope and everything is going down the tubes with no way to stop the flow. Human suffering and despair are present in all corners of the globe.
Naturally, I was heartened and optimistic this morning when I read that a Republican finally stepped up and was calling for charges in the case. Unfortunately, Arkansas State Senator has called for charges against Kathy O'Kelley, Chief of the Springdale, Arkansas police.
We Americans have fenced ourselves into a corner by waging a costly, ineffective, unrealistic, and counter-productive war on drugs since President Nixon declared it in 1971.
To change the deathist culture in America and abroad, it's important for people to understand that lengthening lives and having the ability to overcome human mortality is not something that has to be seen as clashing with religion.
I am compelled to write about what Pentecost means to me and the potential we have to find a deeper meaning that could offer us a breath of new life, and access to the full power of the Holy Spirit active in daily life.
It's easy to believe in redemption for yourself. I mean, come on, you aren't that bad. But, do you believe redemption is possible for everyone?
Josh Duggar is a role model. Everyone says so. Mike Huckabee has already pardoned him, and he's not even president yet!
Paul Raushenbush has dropped two "c's" from his famed Christian-theologian-minister great-grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch's name, but he reflects the ancestor's tradition, captures some of his spirit, and looks to the future in that spirit.
If we insist on continuing to equate stone-casting to simple, yet critical accountability, particularly when children are abused and neither their abusers nor those over them are held accountable, then I have just one question. Where's my pile of stones?
I recently had a conversation with a black pastor who expressed surprise that Bishop Jakes had addressed the Black Lives Matter movement. Bishop Jakes' response to that is, "well, he must not know me."